Statutory Board

Name: Paul Coles
Role: Deputy Chairman
Description: In my career at BT I have worked in BT Retail, BT Global Services and BT Group. Primarily, I have focussed on the Public Sector market place in the last 13 years of my career spanning a range of activities.These have included:1. Driving new Mobilty Solutions into Public Sector customers including creating and signing the first Mobile Broadband shared platform in a city environment - a precursor...
Name: Tim Jones
Role: Chairman
Description: Tim Jones is Chairman of Devon & Cornwall Business Council and a board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (having served as Chairman from its inception). He is also involved in a number of other organisations including the executive of the HoTSW Business Forum, independent Vice Chairman Water Futures Panel, Board Member of Plymouth Chamber, Vice Chairman of...
Name: David Whiteley
Role: Honorary Life President
Description: Formerly a Partner, David is now a Consultant with Slee Blackwell. He has specialised in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax Planning and Care of the Elderly for more than 15 years. He is member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners. He is also former President of the Devon & Exeter Law Society having previously acted as the Society's Honorary Treasurer from 1988 to 1998. David currently...
Name: Thelma Sorensen OBE
Role: DCBC Vice Chair Cornwall
Description: Thelma Sorensen is a Cornish born and bred businesswoman, having a wealth of experience in business in the South West in general and Cornwall in particular. She has a significant background in the construction industry.Thelma has been involved in furthering, and fighting, the cause of Cornwall and Cornish businesses for many years and continues to represent business on a wide variety of boards...
Name: Derek Philips
Role: DCBC Vice Chair Devon
Description: Following over 30 years service at the University of Exeter as Director of Campus Services and Managing Director of its four spin off companies Derek now holds 14 Company Directorships both local and national. Other posts include; Vice President of Exeter Chamber of commerce, Chair of South West Chambers of Commerce, Vice Chair of Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Chair of the Area Tourism...
Name: Anthony Parry
Role: DCBC Statutory Board Member
Description: A Chartered Engineer, Tony was educated at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy.Representing manufacturing on the Board, Tony has worked in divisions of transnational blue chip companies such as GKN, Burmah Castrol, ICI, Henkel AG & Co KgaA of Düsseldorf, in manufacturing operations in the speciality chemicals field for over forty years at Board level...
Name: Bob Dow
Role: DCBC Statutory Board Member
Description: As the former Chief Executive of Business Link (Devon and Cornwall) and owner and director of Dartington Associates, Bob brings his experience and skills to assist small and medium sized businesses in identifying growth routes and undertaking change management, together with providing coaching and mentoring to directors and owner managers across a broad range of business sectors. He has...
Name: Julie Hawker
Role: DCBC Statutory Board Member
Description: Julie Hawker is Chief Executive at Cosmic one of the region's leading IT and Digital support agencies and a leader in social enterprise development nationally. She has worked in a variety of roles at national, regional and local levels to improve the economic environment for social enterprise and to keep a sharp focus on digital inclusion and its benefits to the local economy. Julie is Chair of...
Name: David Bird
Role: DCBC Statutory Board Member
Description: David Bird is the Head of Santander's Corporate & Commercial Banking team for the South West, helping people and businesses realise their ambitions. His 30 years in banking has covered a variety of roles across the UK, including lengthy spells in credit, commercial and corporate banking. Santander have made a significant investment in supporting SME businesses across the UK and especially in...

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